In today’s Around the Corner, ESPN has a new 2019 NBA mock draft featuring a bumped-up Ty Jerome and a No. 12 De’Andre Hunter, Bryce Perkins’ family is ready for his Virginia debut (as are we), Virginia’s newest addition to the women’s basketball coaching staff has a long history with her head coach, and swimming lands an unexpected freshman addition.
Take a few minutes on your Thursday morning to give these a read!
NBA mock draft: New top 10, Zion rising up the board (ESPN, $$)
ESPN’s latest NBA mock draft has Ty Jerome going to Golden State at No. 30 after Hunter goes to Charlotte at No. 12. Both players have seen their stock rise after successful summer’s at prominent camps across the country, with Jerome turning heads at CP3’s camp and Hunter at the Nike Basketball Academy. This is the first appearance for Jerome on the big board, and things will be interesting after the 2018-19 season if he becomes a mainstay.
UVa football: QB Perkins has plenty of family, fans interested in his Cavs debut (The Roanoke Times)
We’re looking forward to seeing Bryce Perkins in action for the first time Saturday night, but we’re not the only ones. Perkins told media that his father requested 15 tickets for the Cavaliers’ season opener Saturday against Richmond. While Perkins will have plenty of support in his debut, the Cavaliers might have plenty more fans in the stands as a result.
Karleen Thompson’s path to UVa has been filled with twists, turns and tough lessons (Daily Progress)
Virginia women’s basketball’s newest coach, Karleen Thompson, has a long history with basketball, coaching, and Virginia head coach Tina Thompson. Karleen is a dear friend of Tina’s, but more importantly — she’s held almost every position you can in women’s basketball which makes her a great asset to the program in Charlottesville. Read more in The Daily Progress’s profile.
Alexis Wenger on UVA roster after 2017 verbal commitment to Michigan (SwimSwam)
Despite verbally committing to her home state Michigan Wolverines in 2017, Alexis Wenger has wound up on Virginia’s 2018-19 roster. Wenger never signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Michigan, and will add sprint breaststroke speed to the Cavaliers instead.
Two more players have earned their numbers ahead of Saturday’s season opener against Richmond. Catch these newly-numbered ‘Hoos this weekend at Scott Stadium.
Numbers earned!— Virginia Football (@UVAFootball) August 29, 2018
Congrats to 9️⃣0️⃣ @yavinsky and 5️⃣9️⃣@Deandre_VA #GoHoos pic.twitter.com/5DSmqbC5Ka